Posted: 20 January 2011 at 10:54am | IP Logged
Taanya is a beautiful, intelligent and multi-faceted computer science
student in Mumbai. As she is about to pass out of college, her parents
begin to talk about her marriage. That's when she tells them that she
likes a boy called Tej and wants to marry him.
Tej also loves her
but is reluctant to accept the proposal because of a problem in his
family. While he does not want to cheat her by keeping the truth from
her, he is scared of losing her if he tells her about his family's
problem. His friends try to convince him that every family has some
problem so he need not even mention it to Taanya.
Tej and Taanya's families meet, there seems to be no problem and the
proposal is mutually agreed upon. A grand wedding takes place and Taanya
arrives in her sasuraal. The moment of shock come when all the rituals
and ceremonies are over and the guests are all gone. Taanya realizes
that Tej's household is full of men, just men. All the chachis, mamis,
buas etc who attended the wedding had all gone and she was the only
woman in the house.
Taanya does not know how to handle this.
Though in college days she was never uncomfortable among boys and she
grew up with a brother, this was another feeling altogether. A life
always surrounded by only men – all strangers to begin with – looks
unimaginable. She stays put anyways but within twenty four hours she
realizes that these men are like pebbles on a beach – all different from
each other and rubbing each other sour. She realizes that each one is
difficult to deal with. If one wants omlette for breakfast, the other
wants halwa. And as if this was not enough there is a sasurji who is
kind of a hitler and a chacha sasur who is a hitler-hater. An old dada
sasur is also there to make matters worse.
Taanya's despairs as
she realizes that she needs to play the warden of a boy's hostel where
the boys ranged 60 to 12 in age groups. Taanya gives up, accuses Tej of
cheating her by not telling the truth and leaves the house.
returns to her maternal home, only to find that her brother and bhabhi
all packed and ready to leave the house and her mother crying. Taanya's
bhabhi does not want to take the responsibility of her in-laws and hence
she moves out of the house with Taanya's brother. And before a shocked
Taanya can utter a word about her own problem, her mother tells her
that a woman, like a needle is supposed to stitch a family together and
not break it. She asks Taanya to always keep her family together and
never do anything to break it. Taanya has no alternative and she returns
– determined to face the challenge.